Today, I have the fab Kirsten S. Blacketer visiting to talk about her new release, ‘An Irresistible Shadow‘. I’m a complete sucker for a good medieval setting and the scrummy hero to go with it so am looking forward to this! 🙂
Hi there! Thanks for hosting me on your blog Shelli. My book boasts an interesting collection of characters. One of my favorite thing about writing is coming up with unique and believable characters. My writer’s group has often discussed our different processes when it comes to fleshing them out.
For years, Gabriel was always a blur to me. He was merely a knight sworn to protect a woman who despised men like him. That was all I knew, until I saw the video game Assassin’s Creed. Then it clicked and I knew why I couldn’t see Gabriel’s face. He hid it. And the Shadow Guardian was born. The facets of his personality however were highly influenced by other fictional characters, Madmartigan from Willow and Flynn Ryder from Tangled. I drew elements that reflected the type of man who could fill the role of a Shadow Guardian.
Lady Evelyn was much easier to understand. She haunted me for years. I had the idea of a man-hating princess when I was fifteen years old. She evolved into this self-reliant lady who took her destiny into her own hands to save her father’s barony. She is loyal and strong, packing a boatload of sass and wit. When they encounter each other, sparks fly. It was amazing to see their relationship blossom as I wrote.
I love writing strong heroines and witty, charming heroes. I draw influence for my characters from everywhere. So don’t worry if you see me snapping your picture….it just means that you are inspiring. Thanks for stopping by and check out my debut novel, An Irresistible Shadow.
Trust is more valuable than gold in a world where traitors conspire, and Lady Evelyn realizes that even shadows demand payment.
Lady Evelyn Montgomery, only daughter of the Baron of Rayne, detests the thought of marriage. She will never allow a man to control her. Crushed by the constraints of propriety, she steals away from the safety of the keep and stumbles onto a plot designed to stir up trouble between England and Scotland. When a mysterious hooded man saves her, she fights her attraction to him as they join forces to hunt down a traitor and save her father. But can she save her heart?
Gabriel is a Shadow Guardian. Hiding beneath his black cowl and blending into the night, he is sworn to protect the Baron’s daughter. The spirited Lady Evelyn is far from the delicate flower he anticipated. She makes herself crystal clear, no man will possess her. Can he prove to her that love can be more than just possession? Or will the traitor they seek tear them apart forever?
Aurelia B. Rowl lives on the edge of the Peak District with her very understanding husband, their two fantastic children, and their mad rescue mutt who doesn’t mind being used as a sounding post and source of inspiration. She regularly wows them all with her curious, hastily thrown together meals when she gets too caught up with her latest writing project… or five!… and she has developed the fine art of ignoring the housework. Aurelia writes Young Adult/New Adult crossover fiction and contemporary romance. She is currently busy writing the standalone companion novels to both Popping the Cherry and Christmas is Cancelled. To find out more about Aurelia, you can visit her website: www.aureliabrowl.com or you can find her hanging out online, far too often, at the following:
To get the party started with a BANG, Aurelia B. Rowl has teamed up with several other Young Adult and New Adult authors to come up an awesome giveaway, with over twenty books in the Release Day Blitz prize kitty just waiting to be won.
Well, it’s finally weekend and apologies for running a little late today. It’s a lovely sunny day here in Scotland so thought would celebrate the weather with a seven line excerpt from my just completed shifter romance, currently entitled ‘A Scarlett Legacy’ that involves a wee bit of skinny dipping. Hope you enjoy 🙂
She closed her eyes a moment, and then couldn’t help herself and had to peek. Okay, so much for wondering whether he was going to keep his underwear on as he wasn’t wearing any. He seemed completely comfortable in his nakedness, and when he bent over to neatly place his clothes on the rock she had to clench her hands to restrain from reaching out to that tight ass. Jeez, you could market that! He turned back to meet her gaze and she felt her cheeks flame at the knowing amusement in his eyes. He leaned forwards and brushed a quick, hard kiss across her lips.
“Don’t worry, you have the exact same effect on me,” he whispered to her and then released her and stepped back. “See you in there,” he told her with a grin, before turning and jumping off the rock straight into the shining water.
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Hard to believe it’s been almost a year since I set up this blog and since I was signing my first ever contract! It’s been a rather crazy year; my first release, first anthology submission, first completed full length novel and am preparing for a new release next month. More than that though I’ve managed to leave my soul-destroying 9-5 job and while it was initially quite nerve-wracking then with a mix of freelance bits all over I’m actually managing and getting that precious extra time for writing 🙂
I would say that I wish I’d done this years ago but I do believe that the bad times and the people who stamp on you all help to get you where you need to be (even though it rarely seems like it at the time!).
What I would like to say is a big thank you to those who have been so wonderfully supportive. I’ve been amazed by the number of people who have shown an interest and have been following my journey so far – hopefully it will go much further 🙂 So, this post has turned into a bit of an ‘oscar speech’ ramble, but since I tend to have a good moan when I’m fed up it only seemed right to share a bit of positivity as well. Hope it’s catching x
Hope everyone has been well. I’ve been busy as usual so let’s have a catch up! My zombie romance – now entitled ‘Love Reawakened’ – is storming along. It’s been confirmed with Breathless Press, final edits have been sent back and I now have my rather gorgeous cover art 🙂
What do think? I love the rather ‘creepy’ feel it has to it! I also have my release date confirmed as the 11th October. Am starting to get rather excited – plus that is actually the same week as my birthday so I’m hoping that’s a good sign. Guess what I would like this year 🙂
Other than that, have finally gone back and edited a novella I finished a few months ago, it’s a modern-day shifter story with a bit of a ‘Red Riding Hood’ inspiration, so hopefully that’s pretty much ready for subbing now. I’ve also entered the Piatkus Entice writing competition – a two chapter sub for part one. I think there’s usually a great deal of interest and they only pick three to go through to the next round so I’m trying not to get my hopes up too much on that one – but, hey if you don’t try you never know!
So, those are my excuses for sadly neglecting this blog lately. Feel free to let me know what you’ve all been all up as well – and I promise it won’t take me as long to update next time! Take care x